Early Americas

Early Americas
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  • Bering Land Bridge
  • Hunters-Gatherers
  • Are you ready to go hunting?
  • End of the Ice Age
  • 10,000 years ago there were thick sheets of ice that covered most of the world. Sea levels dropped while exposing land. The Bering Land Bridge connected Asia to North America. Hunters crossed the land bridge and migrated to America.
  • Agricultural Revolution
  • We can bring our harvest back to the village. 
  • The first Americans followed a hunter-gatherer way of life. Women and girls gathered berries, nuts, plants and bird eggs. Men and boys hunted and followed herds of animals.
  • Matrilineal Society
  • At the end of the Ice Age, glaciers and ice melted due to climate change. Large lakes and layers of rich soil were formed. Groups of settlers began to move southward to find new food supplies due to warmer climate and hunting wiping out Ice Age animals. 
  • Barter System
  • What would you like to trade my corn for?
  • Native Americans settled into villages where they learned how to farm and grow crops. This allowed them to stay in one village rather than move from place to place. Ancient American farming was based on corn, beans, and squashes.
  • A society's housing patterns and arrangements depended on the position of women. Different societies meant the inheritance of land would be different in every village. In the Iroquois tribe, the village lived under a matrilineal society, they would inherit land through their mother. A man married into a longhouse.
  • I inherited this property from my mother. 
  • People began to travel to exchange goods. They traded food, raw materials, and luxury goods. Americans usually traded by a barter system. People exchanged items without money, in some places shells would be used as income.
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